Spice box

Spice box
Title
Spice box
Date 
ca. 1858
Medium 
Pine, iron, tin
Dimensions 
Overall: 3 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 24.1 cm )
Description 
Cylindrical box made of two circular wooden panels and a thin, wood panel bent into a circle, held together with tinned sheet iron stays; inside are eight small cylindrical boxes, made in the same way each marked with the name of a spice.
Credit Line 
Gift of Thomas S. Constantine
Object Number 
1935.51a-j.1-2
Marks 
impressed: mark on bottom of box: circular inscription "PATENT PACKAGING CO./NEWARK/NEW JERSEY/[?]A[_]D AUG 31, 1858" printed: in black on top of box: "SPICES" printed: in black on smaller boxes: "CLOVES";"GINGER"; "CINNAMON"; "ALLSPICE"; "PEPPER"; "MACE"; "NUTMEG";"MUSTARD"
Gallery Label 
According to the donor, the spice box was used in 1865 by his mother, Mrs. Thoams S. Constantine (neé Harriet Emily Beckley) while she was housekeeping in the farmhouse on McGowan's land on 104th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York Citry.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group